[uhn-der-stan-duh-buh l]


capable of being understood; comprehensible.

Nearby words

  1. undersparred,
  2. underspend,
  3. underspin,
  4. understaffed,
  5. understand,
  6. understanding,
  7. understate,
  8. understated,
  9. understatement,
  10. understeer

Origin of understandable

1350–1400; Middle English: orig., capable of understanding; see understand, -able

Related formsun·der·stand·a·bil·i·ty, nounun·der·stand·a·bly, adverbnon·un·der·stand·a·ble, adjectiveun·un·der·stand·a·ble, adjective

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Word Origin and History for understandable



late 14c., "able to understand;" late 15c., "able to be understood," from understand + -able. Related: Understandably.

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